(StatePoint) While most schools offer a baseline level of music education, many programs are limited and sometimes classroom instruments can be scarce. Exposure to music, however, offers people of all ages a number of benefits - from reduced stress to improved coordination and academic outcomes. There are many things families can do to enrich their musical lives. September is National Piano Month, so here are some fun ways to make more music together.
Gather Round the Piano
Playing the piano can improve hand-eye coordination and can be a great way to gather the family together. Whether you have an ace musician or a beginner in your midst, no home should be without a piano or keyboard. Look for features that allow a budding musician to pick up and play without any prior musical experience.
For example, Casio offers a wide range of digital pianos and keyboards for every skill level. Its Privia line of digital pianos is ideal for at-home music lessons; the PX-150 digital piano has a duet mode that splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, allowing student and teacher to use the piano simultaneously. Designed with simulated ebony and ivory textured keys, it reproduces the touch and feel of an acoustic piano, while its tri-sensor keyboard captures the dynamics of a performance with speed and accuracy. More information can be found at www.CasioMusicGear.com.
You don’t need to be the Von Trapp family to exercise your lungs or experience the benefits of doing so. Singing has been proven to improve quality of life, according to many studies. Whether it is impromptu karaoke night or your family is watching a favorite musical, don’t be shy about creating opportunities for your household to sing.
Investigate your school’s extracurricular programs. While general class sizes can be large, extracurricular programs such as band, chorus and school plays can offer a better teacher-to-student ratio and more access to instruments. The benefits of music education are numerous and learning piano can open the gates to a wide range of musical interests in the future. To get your children interested, encourage the whole family to make more music at home.
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